Hong Kong Disneyland with Toddlers 子連れ香港旅行記(1)

Back in November 2013, we took our two daughters to Hong Kong for a pre-Birthday celebration for Mila. We stayed the first two nights at Disney and another four at the Kowloon Sheraton Towers. Surprisingly, Hong Kong turned out to be a great travel destination with children. I was nervous about going to a large city with two toddlers, but we had a great time.
Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of all the Disney parks, and it certainly showed. Having been to Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, Hong Kong Disneyland was, well, “meh” for me. Both Florida DW and Tokyo DL/DS have wonderful food. I used to get super excited about planning all my meals there. Hong Kong DL food, MEHx2. The food was all cafeteria level at best. I mean, serving sushi is just a bad bad idea in a stuffy hot theme park.
BUT, the overall “meh” factor means it’s the perfect place to let your toddlers take the reins. There isn’t much for adults to get excited about, so you do what the toddlers want and don’t feel like you’re missing anything. Besides, it’s free for children under three, so it doesn’t matter if they are freaked out by the rides and don’t want to ride them. It’s not like you paid for them anyway. There were a few things Nina enjoyed: “It’s a Small World” (we went on it SEVEN times! Yes, in two days. Nina still sings the song absentmindedly while doing other things), walking around Toy Story Land and Disneyland Rail Road around the park. We circled the park a few times on the train, caught the Lion King show (with a frightened Nina), did The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride (with a terrified screaming Nina) and floated around on the River Cruise (which freaked Nina out at the end when the earthquake happens). We tried to do a few more, but Nina was shaken so much from the Carousel and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, that we decided to just let her enjoy the park and run around at her own pace. We saw Chip and Dale, Sleeping Beauty, Micky and Minnie, Stitch, and couple of other characters. Nina was fine at a distance, but wanted to be elsewhere as soon as they got close enough to touch. At lease there’s not much of a wait if you want photos taken. Not bad, considering you have to RUN everywhere in Tokyo, plus use all your brainpower to plan your FastPass schedule to squeeze in the rides. Since it’s not exciting for the adults, and once we learned Nina didn’t care about rides or meeting characters, we got to relax and let Nina and Mila have their fun without feeling like we were missing out. We chilled around the park, Nina and Mila took naps in our Disneyland rental stroller. The only thing to note about the stroller rental is that they are designed for older children, probably over 2. Mila is a solid one year old, so she could sit in it for a while, but the stroller was not structured for young babies. We didn’t know this, and didn’t bring our own, so Mila was in the Ergo for most of Disneyland.
There are two hotels at Hong Kong DL: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Hollywood Hotel. We stayed at the Disney Hollywood Hotel, but honestly, if you are going to stay there, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel seems much nicer. The building is gorgeous, with Cinderella themed chandeliers, and the restaurants looked better. The Disney Hollywood Hotel restaurants were just OK, and the service was not up to the typical Disney standard. We asked about reserving the Disney Dim Sum at the Crystal Lotus restaurant in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and the staff at the Hollywood Hotel told me that we didn’t need to, but when we got there, we were told we needed to book a day in advance. The manager at the restaurant was generous and let us sample a couple of the Disney Dim Sum. They were great and definitely worth it for the kids. They polished them off so fast we could barely take pictures.
Overall, a great place to take small children, but I think we’ll wait until they are ready for the Disney lines and go to Tokyo DL next time so we can have fun together.

2人の娘達を連れて、香港へ行って参りました。香港DLは東京と比べても格段に狭いし食事もまあまあ、なレベルなので、東京DL経験者には結構ガッカリレベル(笑)ですが、小さいお子様にはピッタリです。3歳まではフリーなので、まだライドにあまり乗れなくても万事オーケー。平日に行けば殆んど並ぶこともなくライドに乗れます。私達も最高15分しか待たなかったので、いいペースで回れました。前回の東京DLに行かれた方と同じくうちの新菜はIt’s a Small Worldがお気に入りで、2日で7回乗りました(汗)キャラクター写真も余り並ばずに撮れますよ~。ザンネンながら、Stitchと写真撮ろうと思ったのに、新菜も実良も全力で拒否して撮らせてくれませんでしたが。折角眠りの森の美女もいたのに~。お姫様と並ばずに写真撮れる貴重な機会なのに、もったいなかった。母はちゃっかり撮りました。
香港DLにはHong Kong Disneyland HotelとDisney Hollywood Hotelがあるのですが、我が家はDisney Hollywood Hotelの方に泊まりました。ビルもちょっと暗めだし、食事もやっぱりまあまあなので、俄然Hong Kong Disneyland Hotelの方をお勧めします。ビルの格も何か違ったし、シンデレラテーマのシャンデリア(ガラスの靴が乗っててかわいい!)も素敵でした。こちらのホテルには飲茶を食べるためにだけ行ったので、お部屋はいてないんですが、雰囲気はこちらの方が良かったです。Hollywood Hotelも全部屋から花火が見えるので、最後までパークに残らなくてもいいし、ホテルは全体的に綺麗にしてあったしなのですが、なんとなくディズニースタンダードにまだ届いてない気がします。サービスがう~ん、だったんですよね。キャラクター飲茶の予約を入れたいと言っても、必要ないと言われて、行ってみたら前日予約要だっていわれたり。その時はマネージャーさんが出て来て、コースは無理だけど、いくつか選んで、出して下さったのでラッキーでしたが、ディズニーホテルで訊いてるのに…
苦労してゲットしたキャラクター飲茶。とってもかわいいし、美味しいです。うちでは1歳児と3歳児が余りにもがっつくので、親は一口しか食べられず。特にチキンリトル饅頭は白あん、ハスの実で作るやつ?が入っていて上品な甘さで美味しかったです。Crystal Lotusは香港在住の方に聞いても全体的に美味しいよ、とおっしゃていた通り、何を食べても美味しかったです。意外と高級感漂っていて、ビジネスランチい使われる方も結構いらっしゃるみたいです。外から見ると子供達を連れて行くのは少々肩身が狭いかな、という気にもなりますが、中に入ってみれば、ビジネススーツの人もディズニーだから、という事もあり、寛容で、楽しめました。だってディズニーホテルの中だものね。でも大人でも充分楽しめるクオリティは流石ディズニーです。

Toy Story Land Hong Kong Disney

Toy Story Land Hong Kong Disney

Nina heading into her favorite ride with Daddy

Nina heading into her favorite ride with Daddy

Disney DIm Sum.  Little men from space

Disney Dim Sum. Little men from space

Monsters Inc. favorite.

Monsters Inc. favorite.

Chicken Little.  Less known, but I love 'em

Chicken Little. Less known, but I love ’em

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